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Devadasi

Artwork:
Devadasi
Size:
123.1 x 75 cm
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Creation Year:
1976
Marks
Signed 'Husain' in Devanagari, Urdu and English and dated '76' upper left and inscribed 'DEVADASI (DEVA-DASI, GODS SLAVE) GIRLS DEDICATED TO THE SERVICE OF THE DEITY IN A HINDU TEMPLE. MEN FREQUENTLY GAVE THEIR DAUGHTERS FOR TEMPLE SERVICE TO SECURE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. SUN TEMPLES ALWAYS HAUNTS OF DEVADASIS DEVADASI AS A RULE STARTED HER TRAINING AT THE AGE OF SEVEN OR EIGHT. SHE WAS FIRST 'MARRIED' TO THE DEITY. A 'TALI' OR MARRIAGE BADGE IS TIED AROUND HER NECK. THERE AFTER THE GIRLS WERE TRAINED BY BRAHMINS IN DANCING AND EROTIC ARTS' on reverse
Category :
Painting
Provenance :
Acquired from Kali Pundole, Mumbai, circa late 1970s

Sotheby's London

Date:
2013-06-11
Lot Number :
47
Low Estimate :
$124,300
High Estimate :
$186,500
Hammer Price :
Not sold